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25 May 2014 @ 11:03

Just a reminder that everything is over on Google+

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15_the_circle
14 March 2012 @ 22:41
... time to start keeping an eye on the annual hummingbird migrationThis entry was originally posted at http://15-the-circle.dreamwidth.org/331302.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
 
 
location: northbound
 
 
15_the_circle
30 December 2011 @ 07:21

[OT from cottage renovations]

The sunrise colours are so lavish this time of year. 

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15_the_circle
24 December 2011 @ 08:21

[OT from cottage renovations]

This image was yesterday morning's consolation prize. 
Shorter days and longer nights this time of year mean that one has to leave the Grove before there's light, and return to it in darkness.  The situation wasn't helped by some sort of operational problem on the railroad that caused the cancellation of our train (it's more of a big deal for us because there are only three of them in the morning). 

When this happens the fallback is to cross the tracks and take the No. 61 Ride-On bus to the Metro.  The resulting 20 minute time offset gave this splashy sunrise a chance to happen, us a chance to see it, and me the opportunity to share it in this space. 

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15_the_circle
22 December 2011 @ 21:56

[OT from cottage renovations]

This was not the alien robot invasion. 
But before complacency sets in, consider this: there was a thermonuclear reaction a mere eight light minutes behind these brooding shapes. 

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location: 20001
 
 
 
15_the_circle
03 October 2011 @ 20:00

[OT from cottage renovations]
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Highly effective visualization compresses high volume data - in this case, 55 years worth of Fortune 500 company stats. 

Source: Fathom Information Design via Visual News

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15_the_circle
"We don't allow faster than light particles in here" said the bartender.  A neutrino walks into a bar.

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[OT from cottage renovations]

This fascinating link comes from my favourite postgrad student.  Culturnomics 2.0: Forecasting large-scale human behaviour using global news media tone in time and space

"News is increasingly being produced and consumed online, supplanting print and broadcast to represent nearly half of the news monitored across the world today by Western intelligence agencies. Recent literature has suggested that computational analysis of large text archives can yield novel insights to the functioning of society, including predicting future economic events. Applying tone and geographic analysis to a 30–year worldwide news archive, global news tone is found to have forecasted the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, including the removal of Egyptian President Mubarak, predicted the stability of Saudi Arabia (at least through May 2011), estimated Osama Bin Laden’s likely hiding place as a 200–kilometer radius in Northern Pakistan that includes Abbotabad, and offered a new look at the world’s cultural affiliations. Along the way, common assertions about the news, such as “news is becoming more negative” and “American news portrays a U.S.–centric view of the world” are found to have merit."

Yet again, once information gets into machine readable form there's no limit to the interesting things that can be done with it. 

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15_the_circle
10 September 2011 @ 10:44

[OT from cottage renovations]

An interesting side effect of network visualization tools is the resulting incidental imagery.  I found this one particularly engaging. 

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Separated from the context of underlying data the image becomes whatever the viewer makes of it.  Fish?  Hummingbird?  Leaf skeleton?  Steampunk ornithopter?  It's up to you to decide ...

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15_the_circle
29 August 2011 @ 22:02

[OT from cottage renovations]
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Quick (fire)house call on the way in this morning in response to a call for assistance over the radio.  On the way out observed to the engine officer that one thing we share is the use of shiny bright red city-owned vehicles. 

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